about the company


Saubatech’s roots go back more than 6 decades to when a South African group of technicians and engineers with experience in manufacturing steam and mining equipment founded Safurnco (Pty) Ltd in 1957 and began to produce quality engineering equipment.

By the 1970s the enterprise was partnering with reputable manufacturers like Macroburn Incinerators, Peabody Combustion Equipment, and Marine & Industrial Oil Heaters. It went on to establish its market position as a mature, well-balanced company renowned for quality products, international compliance standards, and excellent service.

Today Saubatech supplies a full range of incineration solutions for cremation and waste removal to an international client base. Our units can be found in 37 countries, including an extensive footprint in Africa.

We enjoy long-term partnerships with reputable companies in the industry, including Macrotech, Duraflame, and C & S Marketing in South Africa, and Lintern, Consort, and Glosfume Ltd in the UK.

Some of our history

Saubatech can assist with all universal incineration requirements.  Incineration is the most efficient way of removing waste and we have been manufacturing the highest-quality incinerators for over 40 years.

Efficiency whilst saving the planet!

The safurnco-saubatech story

Incinerator & Crematory Specialists Since 1957

Andreas Thieme, Saubatech MD

Safurnco (Pty) Limited was founded in 1957 by J R Mitchell (ex-Steam & Mining Equipment).  He was joined by W H van der Mey in 1959, D A Kirk in 1962 and H Singleton in 1972.

The principal agencies in the early days were Delapena Honing Equipment, M H Detrick Company (Furnace Roofs) and Stamco metal processing lines, shears and slitters, also Kleinewefers recuperators.  Other agencies for equipment for the steel industry were obtained and also a small steam boiler was developed and manufactured locally.  Safurnco has facilities to modernize existing mills.

In 1977 an agreement was reached with Hubert Davies/Blue Circle Limited whereby Blue Circle obtained financial control of Safurnco, enabling John Mitchell to retire in 1979.  Safurnco was asked by Blue Circle to run Hubert Davies Projects.  The name was changed to Blue Circle Projects (Pty) Limited and subsequently Safurnco became a division of the new organization under the management of W H van der Mey.

In 1982, D A Kirk took over as Managing Director from W H van der Mey who was keen to retire.

In June 1984, it was decided amicably and mutually by Blue Circle and Safurnco that it would be to Safurnco’s advantage to seek a new partner with similar interest to form a company outside the Blue Circle Group.  This led to Protectaire (Pty) Limited making a bid for the assets of Safurnco and its good name.

Protectaire was formed in 1973 by S P Dowdle with H P Thieme joining the company in 1975.  The Company dealt mainly in industrial heating equipment with reputable agencies such as MACROburn Incinerators, Peabody Combustion Equipment, and Marine & Industrial Oil Heaters.  Their activities were considered to be most complimentary to those of Safurnco.

The company merger took place on the 1st of September 1984, and it was decided to retain the name SAFURNCO for the Trading Company.  D A Kirk and H Singleton remained members of the Safurnco Board throughout the periods of change and amalgamation (both have now retired) being joined on the board by S P Dowdle as Managing Director and HP Thieme as Marketing Director.

We believe that the Protectaire-Safurnco tie-up has produced mature, well-balanced company that will continue to do full justice to the products handled by them and provide clients with the type of service and after-sales service that they would expect.

In June 1992 the company converted to a Close Corporation.  The ownership and management remained unchanged until the untimely passing away of S P Dowdle in January 2000.  His son, J S P Dowdle took up the position of Managing Director shortly afterward.

In July 2003 Safurnco split into Saubatech( Pty) Ltd and Safurnco SA(Pty)Ltd in order to give more focus to the marketing of the various products offered. Saubatech (Pty) Ltd is headed by Andreas and Peter Thieme whilst Safurnco(Pty) Ltd stayed under the control of JS Dowdle.

In 2010 Paschal Technical Services becomes Saubatechs Agent in West Africa. Having its own incinerator plant and having installed 16 Plants for UNICEF in 2015, Paschal Technical Services has loads of experience.

In 2021 Netpharm became an agent in Zambia and Malawi.

“Together with our principals , we established the Macroburn brand and we will continue to grow with them to supply high quality waste management systems.”

Andreas Thieme, Saubatech MD



Contact us now to discuss a waste management system that will be ideal for your needs.

Our incinerators and facilities comply with the ISO 9001:2008 certified quality management system.

7 Barbeque Corner, Dytchley Road, Midrand, South Africa, 2162

Phone: +27 82 457 6858 / Email: andreas@saubatech.com